Dr Margaret Whoriskey, MBE
Head of Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation, Scottish Government
Margaret is Head of the Technology Enabled Care and Digital Healthcare Innovation Division within Scottish Government. She is responsible for the national Technology Enabled Care Programme which is aiming to support at scale deployment in Scotland. She also has a lead role in development of policy on Technology Enabled Care and has a sponsorship role for the Scottish Centre for Telehealth and Telecare. She is active in the European arena and European Innovation Partnership (EIP).
Up until November 2015 Margaret was Director of the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) in Scotland having joined when it was established in 2005. The Joint Improvement Team was a unique partnership between the Scottish Government, Local Government (CoSLA), NHS Scotland, the Third, Independent Care and Housing sectors, tasked with accelerating the pace of local change and improvement in the quality of Scotland’s health and social care and support services.
Deputy Director, Digital Health and Care (as of November 2019)
Jonathan is Head of Service for the Strategic Development team for the Public Health& Intelligence (PHI) strategic business unit in NHS National Services Scotland, and is currently leading on Data Science, CivTech and major programmes across the NHS in Scotland.
Prior to his current role, Jonathan held a number of IT Project Management posts in the Public and Private Sector and has a strong track record on complex IT and eHealth project and programme delivery. His career in eHealth and IT includes the delivery of the Emergency Care Summary and Key Information Summary systems which were major achievements in improving patient care across Scotland.
Professor George Crooks OBE
Chief Executive, DHI
Professor George Crooks is currently the Chief Executive of the Digital Health and Care Institute, Scotland’s national innovation centre for digital health and care. He leads an organisation that is tasked with delivering innovation in digital health and care that will help Scotland’s people to live longer, healthier lives and create new jobs for the economy. DHI provides opportunities for Scotland’s public sector, academia, charities and industry to co-design digital solutions to some of the country’s biggest health and care challenges working with patients, service users and their families.
He was previously the Medical Director for NHS 24 and Director of the Scottish Centre for Telehealth & Telecare. George was a General Medical Practitioner for 23 years in Aberdeen latterly combining that role as Director of Primary Care for Grampian. George is on the Board of the European Connected Health Alliance. He is currently a Board member and past president of the European Health Telematics Association. He is also an adjunct Professor of Telehealth at the University of Southern Denmark.
He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year Honours List 2011 for services to healthcare.
Dr Donald Macaskill
Chief Executive, Scottish Care
Dr Donald Macaskill is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, the representative body of Scotland’s independent sector social care providers. The sector is the largest in Scotland comprising over 400 providers employing over 100,000 staff.
Dr Macaskill has worked for many years in the health and social care sectors across the United Kingdom, specialising in learning disability and older people’s work. A particular professional focus has been issues related to bereavement, palliative care and individual rights. For thirteen years he ran an equality and human rights consultancy in the United Kingdom and Europe. In August 2018 he wrote ‘TechRights: human rights, technology and social care.’ after a summer of conversations with key digital and technology stakeholders, human rights and ethicists in numerous countries. His work calls for a human-rights and ethical based approach to be developed around the co-design and implementation of AI, IoT and BigData especially within a social care context.
CEO, NHS NSS
Colin joined NSS in 2008 initially as Logistics Director and then as Director of National Procurement. He has since been Director of NSS’ Procurement, Commissioning and Facilities Business Unit before being appointed Chief Executive on 1st August 2016.
He has over 25 years’ experience in the logistics, supply chain and procurement sectors working for a range of large public ltd companies in the manufacturing and logistics fields. Prior to joining NSS Colin was Regional Operations Director for a major UK logistics business where responsibilities included business development and customer account management.
Colin’s career has been in the service sector and he brings this experience to his current role with a focus on providing high quality customer service, understanding and working collaboratively with customers and stakeholders and delivering new services to meet changing needs.
Director of Health & Wellbeing Engagement, The Data Lab
Steph joined The Data Lab in 2017 to take on the management of the Cancer Innovation Challenge, a £1M SFC funded project involving industry, academia and the NHS to improve cancer care and outcomes in Scotland through innovation with data. She now leads on a portfolio of health and wellbeing engagement for the Data Lab. She also leads on the Data Lab’s work in developing an AI strategy for Scotland. Steph has had a diverse career path before getting involved in data and healthcare. Having graduated with an undergraduate degree in Astrophysics, she went on to take an Arts Masters which then led into working in freelance TV and film production for a few years. Then eight years in arts management followed (working in theatre and dance) which also included founding a company and international dance film festival. She returned to the world of science in 2012 at the Genomics Forum and then the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre and has now found herself in the world of data science. She has extensive project and programme management experience and relishes bringing diverse stakeholders together to work in collaboration.